LMPD: Man arrested after fleeing from traffic stop, breaks telephone pole

LMPD: Man arrested after fleeing from traffic stop, breaks telephone pole

LMPD: Man arrested after fleeing from traffic stop, breaks telephone pole

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by William Teague

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—Police arrested a man on Sunday night, charging him with multiple crimes.

Police said an officer observed Gerrote Thomas, 24, was driving a vehicle with expired/canceled tags. When the officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, Thomas disregarded the officers lights and took off.

Thomas then disobeyed a recognized direction from the officer and stopped his vehicle with the intent to flee. During his attempt to flee, police said Thomas his a telephone pole, breaking it.

Police said Thomas then fled on foot, running southbound on Hazel Street and headed towards Southern Ave, entering several premises unlawfully during his attempt to flee.

Police attempted to tase Thomas after a warning, but only got him with one prong of the taser. Thomas kept running.

Police were able to grab Thomas during the chase and as the officer was attempting to gain control, Thomas began fighting back with the officer.

Officers were able to catch Thomas after he ran across Southern Ave and was fighting with an officer.

Thomas still refused to follow the commands of the officers, standing a bold stance, making officers feel like they were in immediate physical danger.

When police attempted to arrest Thomas, he still resisted, causing officers to take him down to police him into handcuffs, while telling him to stop resisting.

Two officers received minor injuries while trying to place Thomas into custody.

Thomas is charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, expired tag, criminal trespass third, driving with no drivers license, criminal mischief first, disorderly conduct second, resisting arrest and menacing.

 

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